The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has reacted to claims making the rounds that COVID-19 and Malaria are similar.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday recorded 245 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing total infections in the country to 7,261.

NCDC confirmed the new figures in its verified tweeter handle.

Newsmen report that 131 of the new cases came from Lagos, 16 from Jigawa, 13 from Ogun, 12 from Borno and nine each from Kaduna, Oyo, Rivers and Ebonyi.

Other states with new cases include Kwara with seven, Katsina with five, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto with three each as well as Bauchi and Yobe with two each.

Anambra, Gombe, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, the FCT and Bayelsa, all recorded one new case each.

NCDC stated that the total number of recovered patients stands at 2,007, while 221 deaths have been recorded.


It noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The health agency said that until date, 7,261 cases have been confirmed; 5,033 active cases, 2,007 discharged and 221 deaths in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Newsmen report that the NCDC manages the National Public Health Reference Laboratory with 2 campuses in Abuja and Lagos State.

Currently, 25 COVID-19 molecular testing laboratories are managed by Teaching Hospitals or States depending on their location, with guidance and coordination provided by NCDC.

“Every day, we deploy supplies to states across the country, using indicators such as number of new cases to determine quantity and prevent stockout,” it stated.

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